MCSO: Employee threat leads to Phoenix power plant shutdown

NEW RIVER, AZ - An Arizona Public Service power plant in west Phoenix was temporarily evacuated and shut down due to a threat made by an employee.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reported that on April 18, 55-year-old Robert Ray Myers left his home armed with a handgun and rifle after threatening to kill his boss.

Deputies say that Myers got into an argument with his wife at his home near 27th Avenue and New River Road. 

During the argument, Myers, a 28-year employee at APS, made threats against his wife and boss, before firing his handgun and striking a wall.

According to court documents, another family member intervened, and was allegedly told by Myers, "You’re the one going to get shot."

After Myers left the house, family members called MCSO to report the threat.

APS evacuated their west Phoenix power plant and provided extra security at the facility, officials said. MCSO arrested Meyers back at his home about three hours later. 

Meyers has been charged with threatening and intimidating and disorderly conduct.

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